The Black Plum is (Vitex glabrata), in Deborah’s language (Kuninjku) it is called Mankundalh. It is one of the tastiest and easy to collect bush fruits that are produced in the late build-up season and early wet around November and December. Deborah’s etching shows the outline and venation of the leaf in the background and the infructescence (fruit arrangement) in the foreground.
The bold interpretation of the fruiting structure highlights the importance of the sweet and tasty black fruit. This species has a number of other uses, including use as fire-sticks to create fire using the traditional drilling technique, the fruit are eaten by a number of animals, the leaves can be dried and used as bush tobacco and is a good shade tree. However the fruit are the critically important factor and can be eaten fresh, sun-dried and stored for later use and in some areas the crushed fruit are used in certain ceremonies. Glenn Wightman